Ride Overview - Estancia & Polo Experience
A delightful horseback riding vacation with polo in Cordoba, Argentina! You will be swept away by this boutique estancia nestled in the picturesque Sierra Chica mountains. Estancia Los Potreros is an exclusive 6,500-acre working organic cattle and stud farm. Delightfully secluded at the top of the ‘Sierras Chicas’ in the heart of the beautiful region of Cordoba. Every day is different. Canter along grassy hilltops. Take a dip in natural rock pools. Ride to local towns and museums. Help the gauchos round up the young horses. Take an overnight trip north into the Sierras during the summer. Try your hand at polo or lassoing. RIDING IN ARGENTINA
Ride Itinerary - Estancia & Polo Experience
Your transfer will meet you at the international airport of Córdoba. Just under an hour from your pick-up you will arrive at Estancia Los Potreros in time for a late lunch. After you have settled into your room, you will mount up for an introductory ride to get used to the ‘gaucho’ style of riding – long legs, deep seats and neck reining. After your ride, you will meet your fellow riders at dinner in what has been the family home for over 100 years.
A long morning’s ride to the local village to visit a unique and unusual chapel and museum that was built as a memorial to his wife and daughter by Guido Buffo, an art and science lover. Enjoy a traditional Argentine ‘asado’, sampling several different cuts of the estancia’s home-reared beef, washed down with plenty of Malbec. Take the rest of the afternoon to relax by the pool and in the evening, you are invited to an informal wine- tasting, sampling local wines of the region before sitting down to a candle-lit dinner.
Ride to the “Top of the World,” the highest point on the estancia, to appreciate the spectacular views of the Sierras Chicas. The trail along the ridge is perfect for condor and eagle spotting. Lunch will be served on the veranda. Next a demonstration and introduction to the very special Peruvian Paso horse will occur. You will learn more about this amazing 5- gaited horse. Then you will experience their smooth paces by riding one. All the horses are home-bred on the estancia and are forward-going and extremely comfortable.
Cattle day! Discover your inner gaucho as you help the boys round up our herd of award-winning Aberdeen Angus, collecting them and moving them across the hills to our cattle station. Following a gaucho style lunch under a shady tree, you can see if you can master the art of the lasso. Then you will mount up for some lovely long open canters along the top of the hills as you return to the estancia for tea and cake on the veranda.
Your trails will descend to a hidden waterfall where you can take a dip or just take a few moments to relax in the cool shade. From there a wonderful long canter takes you up to Potrero de Niz, an original homestead and a delicious picnic lunch on the porch. Perched on the top of a hill, the house has stunning views over the valleys, and we warn you that once there you will never want to leave! In the afternoon, your group will ride back via the Bellstone which will have the geologists amongst you scratching your heads. Tonight, the chefs open the farm kitchen doors and invite you to join them in preparing some traditional local dishes while sampling some more fabulous Argentine wines.
No horse-riding holiday to Argentina would be complete without trying your hand at the Sport of Kings – polo! Ride down to the polo ground where you will be given a short lesson followed by some practice ‘stick and ball’ and then play a few chukkas of this highly addictive game. After a barbecue lunch, you can challenge the gauchos to some gaucho games – barrel racing and sortija – a race that involves spearing a small ring with a stick at speed!
On your final day, you will ride through plunging gorges and over soaring mountain tops to reach Las Tasas, a gorgeous natural swimming-hole where you can dive, swim or just take a snooze in the sun. After a shady picnic lunch, you can help the gauchos round up the mares and foals to protect them from the elusive puma. Tonight, you will enjoy live traditional Argentine music with a glass of wine in the garden before sitting down to a fabulous farewell dinner.
After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, depart for your onward travel.
*The itinerary is flexible, and subject to weather, particularly in the case of polo. Minimum stay is 3 nights.
Ride Details - Estancia & Polo Experience
Dates: Stationary Ride: All year round
Trail ride package: Select your dates.
Polo weeks: March 13, October 16th, November 27th
*Trail rides and polo weeks can be arranged for groups outside of these dates. Please contact for availability.
Non-Riding Special Events: National Rodeo & Folklore Music Festival, January 10 – 19 , National Grape Harvest Festival March 5 – 8 (Mendoza), Nuestros Caballos Horse Show April 1 – 5 (Buenos Aires), International Tango Festival August 13 – 26 (Buenos Aires), Festival of Tradition – Gaucho festival, First week of November, culminating over 7 – 8 November Argentine Palermo Open Polo Championships,Usually the last 2 weekends of November with the finals on the first weekend of December (Buenos Aires)
Best Months to Ride: North – November to March, Central – December to February, South – December to March
Meeting place: Cordoba airport
Riding days: Trail is 4; Polo is 5
Daily trail riding hours: 4 – 6
Riding ability: Novice to Advanced
Horses: Criollos, Paso Peruanos and polo ponies
Saddles: Polo saddles, English military saddles, local saddles
Group size: 2 – 12
Accommodations: On site Estancia
Non-riding activities: Birdwatching, trekking, golf
Trail ride package: January – April, October – December: $2,916.00
May – September: $2,634.00
Polo package – $3,402.00
To guarantee single room please add 30%
*20% off standard rate for children 16 and under
*50% off standard rate for non-riding children 6 and under
***You can customize this ride to the number of riding days and lodging nights. Call us for details.
Includes: Transfers to/from Cordoba airport or bus station; accommodation on the estancia; full board including alcoholic beverages; daily riding, guides and equipment; all other activities whilst on the estancia; all local taxes
Not Included: airfare, medical insurance, visas, personal phone calls and discretionary gratuities
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